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I had a similar situation in which the crazy Muslim guy I drew on outside my office kept advancing toward me (“suicide by cop” possibly, though I’ve never been a cop) as I withdrew and the way I stopped his advance was to STOP my withdrawal and improve my grip/stance/demeanor to appear more threatening, all while (ironically) shouting “I WITHDRAW” repeatedly. (Your mileage may vary.)

Not sure if the above video tells the whole story, but I think something like my solution might have saved a life.  If the cop had stood his ground and not fumbled around for a mag or whatever, the guy with the knife may have stayed away.  And when the guy gets too close per Tueller Drill, it is preferable to administer a double dose of lead at center of mass to stop him (a survivable wound in most urban settings), versus getting backed up into a corner and tripping and having to execute the perp with a fatal head shot or whatever was the case in this fatal 998.

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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and a satellite office in Coronado (San Diego County).

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